Another Film Fest


By Ruth Jacobs

Railroad Square cinema
The lobby of the Railroad Square cinema in Waterville, host of the AFI Project 20/20 film festival

For more than a decade the annual Maine International Film Festival has attracted thousands of indy film-goers but few Colby students since it happens in July. But the same people who present MIFF recently announced that another film festival is coming to town—this one during the school year.

Waterville will be the first New England community ever chosen as a host city for the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Project 20/20, a festival that uses film to enhance cultural exchange and understanding. Other cities chosen for 2009 are St. Louis, Honolulu, New Orleans, Dallas, Santa Fe, and Silver Spring, Md. “Waterville has become recognized … as a hub for film exhibition,” said Shannon Haines, executive director of the Waterville Main Street organization and MIFF.

Details are still coming together, but the four-day festival will occur in April and will include multiple films (at Railroad Square Cinema, whose founding partners include Ken Eisen ’73 and Gail Chase ’74), visiting filmmakers, and a gala event at Colby.

“We’re hoping to really involve a lot of Colby students,” Haines said

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